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Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:04 pm
 
Roethlisberger "tweaked" his ankle on Sunday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Steelers took a gamble on Sunday against the Browns when they ran Ben Roethlisberger out to play on a high-ankle sprain, hoping the Ravens would lose and Pittsburgh would win the AFC North.

The Ravens did not lose. And in worse news, according to our Steelers Rapid Reporter Chuck Finder, Roethlisberger "tweaked" his ankle in the win over Cleveland and suffered a "setback" in advance of Pittsburgh's wild-card game in Denver on Sunday.

"I felt pretty good going in and moved around pretty good," Roethlisberger said. "[But] we got set back about a week. I don't know if I hit the ground wrong or got hit. We'll be all right."

Now, this is Ben Roethlisberger, so injuries don't mean as much as they would with any other player. I'm sorry, but the dude just plays hurt (and sometimes better when he's injured).

But this gets back to the point of risking him on the field: the Steelers, over the final three weeks, didn't play things conservatively enough at all. Putting him on the field against San Francisco was worth the risk, but not leaving him out there. Sitting him against the Rams was smart. And leaving him on the bench against the Browns would've been the wise move too, even if the Bengals had a shot at unseating the Ravens. Charlie Batch couldn't have gone 23 for 40 for 221 yards? He probably could have.

Whatever, his ankle's worse off now for playing. That means, without their top running back, the Steelers have to figure out how to protect Roethlisberger against a ferocious Broncos pass rush.

Denver recorded 41 sacks in 2011 (10th in the league; just nine behind the Vikings and Eagles) and the best example of what could happen against a good defense who can rush the passer is the loss to the 49ers.

In that game, Roethlisberger wasn't mobile, was constantly under attack and the Steelers struggled to move the ball. Granted, the 49ers are just a flat-out sick defense, but the Broncos are pretty good too.

For Pittsburgh to avoid a shocking upset at Mile High on Sunday, they'll need to make sure their gameplan doesn't involve Von Miller putting Ben on his back. Or worse, on his ankle.

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Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:02 am
 

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

"The Ravens did not lose. And in worse news, , Roethlisberger "tweaked" his ankle in the win over Cleveland and suffered a "setback" in advance of Pittsburgh's wild-card game in Denver on Sunday".

So what does that mean exactly ? Does it mean he had previously lied about the injury? Or, does that mean he "tweaked it" because the Ravens won ?
If they would have lost would it have been tweaked ? Just way too much drama. The bowl is swirling in a clockwise position and BR is hanging on. But sad to say he is headed down the drain along with their whole season and eventually will use the tweak as the excuse.



Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:52 am
 

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

Laker-Duke-Yanks....nice name... Really? ... you're obvoiusly a 'bandwagon-jumper' and would know nothing about team loyalty!



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:36 am
 

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

I don't give a horse's patoot about the games because it is much more entertaining to watch the exchanges in these web site threads.  With that said, the Pats have not enjoyed success in the playoffs recently because Tom Brady has been much less than 100%.  With changes in the passing game, teams have not been able to get it done without a healthy QB.  Steeler fan has to believe that if Ben had not turned the football over as many times as he did in the Supa Bowl coupled with other assorted errors, the Steelers would be wearing a seventh ring on their "things."

The best thing that could happen for Steeler fan is for Ben to have a terrible game and the Steelers lose.  With that result, Steeler fan will turn on Mike Tomlin and try to run him out of town because then they believe it was a mistake for BR to play in a meaningless game.  That is what I call true devotion to the team instead of the individual.

On another note, the Packers have won four Super Bowl titles and a total of say 20 NFL titles.  The Steeler homer thinks their team is the best because it has won six Super Bowl titles.  Does that mean that although the Montreal Canadiens have won 23 Stanley Cups, they have only won two cups since the 1979 NHL-WHA merger the Habs are nothing,zero etc?.  By Steeler fan logic, the best NHL franchise is the Edmonton Oilers with Five cups, second best would be either Nassau Islanders and the Detroit Red Wings each with four cups.  Just asking...



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:47 am
 

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

Ben Roethlisberger is not a good human being

You can't possibly know that unless you are a close associate or relative of his.

Now that some time has passed and more information has come out about his "rapes" (like the one girl's bragging emails she sent to coworkers), he is starting to look less and less like the monster the media tried to porttray him as.

He had some maturity problems when he first came to the burgh.  But then again-- who was born knowing everything? You?

As far as the team and everyone else around him is concerned, ben has been nothing but respectable and the leader we expected him to be.

As for the guy who thinks that Redman is better than Mendenhall, just keep calling into "The Fan" like so many of the other clueless Steeler fans.

Not sure how to classify a "better running back".  They each have advantages, but truth be told, Redman's running style seems better suited to our protection.

Despite his size and brawn, Mendy is more of a finesse/speed runner.  He is not known for being able to power through tackles.  With our poor blocking the last season or two-- he is starting to look more and more like Willie Parker, running into the backs of his own blockers on every play and then getting stuffed in the backfield as a result.

Redman does not have Mendy's agility or speed, but he does have the best footwork, by far.

Also, Redman DID just drop 100 yards rushing this weekend against the Brown's #10 ranked defense, the same one that Mendy was running into the backs of his own guys agsinst for a loss of 1 yard every play.

Redman may be the slowest running back since Frank Pollard.

What does that have to do with anything?  What was Jerome Bettis' 40 time?  he's in the Hall of Fame now....

He isn't in the same league as Mendenhall.

According to whose assessment?  Yours?

As for Redman being the starter for the Steelers next year, he wouldn't be the starter at Pitt.

I am hearing a lot of blind assertions and opinions, but nothing to back them up.  Willie Parker was an undrafted no-name in college too-- but
he did prety well here in the Burgh....

He is a short yardage back, nothing more nothing less. 

Well, the yardage he racked up while Mendy was running into the backside of Max Starks says otherwise.  Didn't Redman also have the longest run of the season for the Steelers in that game too?

I give him credit for getting the most out of his limited abilities, but let's not get carried away

"Limited abilities"?  Where are you coming up with this stuff?  I sure didn't see any "limited abilities" when he spun out of 4 tackles in that games.  The Browns apparently didn't feel like they were going up against a guy with "limited abilities" when they were reportedly arguing in the defensive huddle about who's responsibility it was to take him down each play....

The only thing I am detecting that is in limited quanitity here is intellect.....



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:30 am
 

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

Anyone with even a single synapse firing in the space between their ears would have sat Big Ben, but not Mike Tomlin.

Really?  I guess the Steelers should have hired you for head coach instead of Mike Tomlin, huh?

Why would you sit your franchise QB in a game with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs riding on it?

You don't play your injured quarterback in the final game of the season against the worst team in the division on a gamble.

It wasn't a bad gamble-- the coaching staff felt that going for home-field advantage was worth the risk.  The Browns may have the worst team in the division, but they do have one of the league's better defenses (I was shocked to learn that 4 of the top 6 defenses reside in the AFC North this year).

Floating Charlie Batch out there and hoping he can perform and get us the win would ba a much larger gamble.  In the past, we have been able to shield Charlie with a descent run game and over the top special teams play and defensive play.  Not the case this year at all....

The only way the Steelers could have claimed the #2 seed was a win against the Browns (which they could have done with Batch) AND with a Ravens loss to the Bengals.  Just a very bad, ill-advised (or unadvised) gamble.

Not really-- considering Baltimore's abyssmal record playing at Cincinnati, as well as how poorly they did on the road this season.  Hoping for them to lose in Cincy was not a long shot.

 I said it in another post that the potential risk outweighs the potential reward, and now here it is.  Good job Coach T.  Way to show a lack of faith in the rest of the team and literally shoot the Steelers chances of being a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the foot

Lets examine this one in detail, shall we?

PIT win, BALT win - actual scenario, we get the 5th seed
PIT win, BALT loss - we get the 2nd seed and first round bye (BEST OUTCOME)
PIT loss, BALT win - same boat as now, 6th seed
PIT loss, BALT loss - same boat as now, 5th seed

So basically, there was only one scenario that would have given us a first-round bye, a PIT win and a BAL loss.  Matter of factly, all the favorable scenarios for our team involve us winning that game.  Considering the number of injuries the rest of the team is suffering from, you don't think that having a first round bye is worth gambling for?


Considering the lack of a running game and pass protection, do you think Charlie Batch gave us our best chance of winning that game?  If you do, I am not sure how comfortable you must feel with our team having given Big Ben the title "franchise QB" and a $100 million contract....

Batch does not have the best track record behind our offense of late....I like him to win us some games, but for "must win" games, I want Ben behind center.

* He broke a bone in 2007 that landed him on IR.
* He broke his wrist on the very first play in 2009 against KC and landed on IR.
* He racked up a 11 of 25 for 25 yards performance last year against the Titans (that was with a descent running game a a better Oline than this year's) in Ben's relief.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:32 am
 

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

rothlesburger is a warrioe, he will play. cant really see denver moving the ball against the steelers .the defense will probably score a touchdown. im kind of a denver fan, but dont give them much hope.



Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:01 am
 

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

Anyone with even a single synapse firing in the space between their ears would have sat Big Ben, but not Mike Tomlin.  You don't play your injured quarterback in the final game of the season against the worst team in the division on a gamble.  The only way the Steelers could have claimed the #2 seed was a win against the Browns (which they could have done with Batch) AND with a Ravens loss to the Bengals.  Just a very bad, ill-advised (or unadvised) gamble.  You take care of what's in your control as a team, and one of those things is protecting your damn quarterback.  I said it in another post that the potential risk outweighs the potential reward, and now here it is.  Good job Coach T.  Way to show a lack of faith in the rest of the team and literally shoot the Steelers chances of being a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the foot.

/disgusted/




Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:59 pm
 

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

You guys are all nuts.  Nobody plays the following week after a high ankle sprain.  He's played 2 of the last 3.  Nobody would have played with the foot injury he had last year, but he didn't miss any games, and beat the Ravens with the foot injury and a broken nose (in fact it was on his cheek).  Ben Roethlisberger is not a good human being, but he's certainly not a whiner or a drama queen.  He is arguably the toughest player to ever play the position. 


As for the guy who thinks that Redman is better than Mendenhall, just keep calling into "The Fan" like so many of the other clueless Steeler fans.  Redman may be the slowest running back since Frank Pollard.  He isn't in the same league as Mendenhall.  As for Redman being the starter for the Steelers next year, he wouldn't be the starter at Pitt.  He is a short yardage back, nothing more nothing less.  I give him credit for getting the most out of his limited abilities, but let's not get carried away.   



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:46 pm
 

Tomlin should of never let Ben play!

Okay I have to say this first I blame coach Tomlin if we lose Sunday. Because, Ben should of never been in the game if we couldn't of beat Cleveland without Ben playing we didn't deserve to win. Charlie Batch could of done a better job and we would of won by more than 13-9. I like Coach Tomlin but he needs to put Ben in his place as a player not a coach. I know Coach Tomlin will learn from this mistake and will not let this happen again. I believe we can we can win with Charlie it would be awesome if Charlie Batch led the Steelers to a Super Bowl win. Go Steelers!!!




Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:03 pm
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